In Ontario, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development funds a variety of adult literacy, academic upgrading and essential skills training programs.
Characteristics of the programs
- free, confidential service
- adult learning environment
- learning at own pace with individualized learning plan
- full academic assessments and referral to appropriate program
- goal-setting, with initial & ongoing assessment
- upgrading job-related essential skills, including Apprenticeship math
- practical skills focused on individual goals
- preparation for attaining OSSD, or high school equivalency (A.C.E. or GED)
- flexible hours
- variety of formats – one-to-one, small group, classroom with individual attention
- computer-assisted learning available
- links to Job Connect, Apprenticeship and other Employment Ontario programs and services
The agencies work together to provide a full range of services, from basic skills review to college and apprenticeship preparatory courses. Programming also includes a strong component of Essential Skills training for the workforce, apprenticeship and employment preparation, as well as greater personal independence.